March 10, 2011
STEELY DAN ANNOUNCES
SHUFFLE DIPLOMACY TWENTY ELEVEN
"Jazz-Rock Ambassadors to the Galaxy" Set to
Bring Their Show Coast-to-Coast This Summer
Rock & Roll Hall of Famers STEELY
DAN dazzled both the public and the critics in 2009 with their classic-albums-in-full Rent Party Tour. Responding to overwhelming popular demand, Steely Dan masterminds Walter Becker and Donald Fagen bring on more action with the Shuffle Diplomacy Twenty Eleven summer tour. The tour, which kicks off in Seattle on July 2nd and concludes in [update] Boston New Zealand on September 28th November 5th, will showcase greatest hits and deep cuts alike. Select shows will also feature performances of complete classic albums, and set-lists determined by voting online [voting ends on show date]. Steely Dan have announced this year's program will also include special guests, and an idealistic strategy for World Peace. Acclaimed jazz artist Sam Yahel is on board as the tour's main support act in North America. [Update] The legendary Steve Winwood will be Steely Dan's special guest for their tour extension in Australia and New Zealand.
For Shuffle Diplomacy Twenty Eleven, Fagen and Becker bring back their awesome group of players, this year dubbed the Miles High Big Band: Keith Carlock (drums); Jon Herington (guitar); Freddie Washington (bass); Jim Beard (keys); Michael Leonhart, Walt Weiskopf, Roger Rosenberg and Jim Pugh (horns) — along with their saucy backup trio, the Embassy Brats: Carolyn Leonhart, Cindy Mizelle, and Catherine Russell.
Visit steelydan.com for the latest tour schedule additions, updates, and news
DAN has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and helped define the soundtrack of the '70s with hits including Do It Again, Reelin' in the Years, Bodhisattva, Rikki Don't Lose That Number, F.M., Peg, Deacon Blues, Hey Nineteen and Babylon Sisters, culled from their seven platinum albums issued between 1972 and 1980 (including 1977's ground breaking "Aja"). They reunited in the early '90s and have toured throughout the decade and beyond, releasing multi-Grammy winner "Two Against Nature" in 2000 and its acclaimed follow-up "Everything Must Go" in 2003. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001
Critics raved about the performances on the Rent Party 2009 Tour, with the New York Times stating that Fagen "was deep in the music… a cross between Count Basie and Ray Charles," and The Boston Globe reporting that "Becker's fleet, gleaming guitar tones fairly bounced off the stage". The Chicago Sun-Times proclaimed: "This was different. This was live. This was vibrant. This was a cascade of color carried along by Fagen, Becker, eight brilliant supporting musicians and three superb backing vocalists." The Los Angeles Times raved: "Everyone gathered Friday evening was a believer – and they were treated to something close to rapture."